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Mohawk Valley REDC Seeks Public Input on Economic Development Strategies and Goals for Six County Region

(August 29, 2013)

Mohawk Valley REDC Seeks Public Input on Economic Development Strategies and Goals for Six County Region

The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council (MVREDC) is seeking input from residents, businesses and organizations within the six county Mohawk Valley region on the Council’s Strategic Plan for economic development and growth. The MVREDC today introduced a Public Outreach Survey and is encouraging the businesses and residents of Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie counties to fill out the survey, which can be found on its website.

“Engaging the public in every step of the Regional Council process is imperative,” said Larry Gilroy, Co-chair of the MVREDC and President, Gilroy, Kernan & Gilroy, Inc. “The Council is committed to creating a vibrant economic future for the Mohawk Valley and we believe our mission cannot be achieved without the input and knowledge of those who live, work, raise families and operate businesses in the region. This survey allows us to not only measure our progress, but also to make sure we are best representing the needs of our region.”

The survey asks respondents to provide their opinion on several topics, including economic goals for the region, the Mohawk Valley’s economic strengths and weaknesses, and the importance of the MVREDC’s five key strategies – build, grow, create, revive and forge – for both 2013 and over the next five years.

All businesses and residents of the Mohawk Valley Region are welcome and encouraged to complete the six-question MVREDC Public Outreach Survey, located on the Regional Council website: http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/mohawk-valley.

Through two rounds of Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative, the Mohawk Valley has been awarded $119.2 million to support 129 job creating and community revitalization projects.

The Regional Economic Development Council initiative is a key component of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s transformative approach to State investment and economic development. The Councils are public-private partnerships composed of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources. As a result of the first two rounds of awards, $1.5 billion in resources have been awarded to support more than 1,400 regionally significant economic development and community revitalization projects that are creating or helping to retain an estimated 75,000 jobs across the Empire State and generating investments to grow the economy.

For more information on the regional councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

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